HC Deb 30 October 1989 vol 159 c52W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether he will review the arrangements which leave claimants transferring from unemployment benefit to sickness benefit without any money for two weeks.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Unemployment benefit is paid fortnightly in arrears, and sickness benefit is paid weekly in arrears. There should therefore be no gap in payment when transferring from unemployment to sickness benefit.